Chris: Your point about military academies is well taken,
What they have in common with religious schools is a sense of mission. And recognition that to get anywhere you need discipline although the kinds of discipline are very different. Patrick Henry College has a system that uses political organizing as its modus operandi -with a foundation of conservative christian values. Again, I'm not much for that combination of things, but what does impress me is that the focus is "real world" and measurable results, electing the "best people" to office. The best people as they saw it meant, for instance, electing and re-electing George W Bush, not my idea of the best of anything at all, but with a different definition of "best" it seems to me that PHC was on to something. "What would a school like look that was as single-mindedly focused on Training Culture Warriors?" Another example of discipline and measurable results are the premier music schools in the country, like Tanglewood (Summers only) or Julliard. But to say the least, the focus is narrowly on music, or maybe such things as orchestra conducting. Everything else is catch as catch can. Still, the results are impressive: Graduates who are world class at playing a trumpet, or singing arias like angels in heaven. My interest is in rejuvenating the Liberal Arts, partly by combining these kinds of classes, etc, with computer technology and software development. In any case, the "culture" part of Culture Warrior demands thorough understanding of our culture, and that means the Liberal Arts more than anything else. What do you get when someone is utterly clueless about the Liberal Arts, has almost no knowledge of history, no knowledge of literature, almost no knowledge of religion (any religion), no knowledge of psych or social psychology, etc, etc? Donald Trump. I remain thankful that we didn't end up with Hillary, but, damn, how do we get rid of Trump? He is an embarrassment every time he opens his mouth. He epitomizes boorishness. We need a new Watergate, it seems to me. I will make a wild guess and say that you agree with the sentiment. OK, what is your theory? Billy ------------------------------------------------------------ ________________________________ From: Centroids <drer...@radicalcentrism.org> Sent: Monday, February 12, 2018 11:56 AM To: RadicalCentrism@googlegroups.com Cc: Chris Hahn; Billy Rojas Subject: Re: Values Academies Hi Billy, On Feb 11, 2018, at 11:45, Billy Rojas <1billyro...@buglephilosophy.com<mailto:1billyro...@buglephilosophy.com>> wrote: Where is the college that promises you the skills you need to live a happy life? Does anybody even offer courses on sexual integrity, budgeting, abuse of power, or any of the other issues that regularly destroy lives, families, and careers? Why couldn't a new college / university seek to do exactly that? Why indeed? That is actually my point. Nobody actually seems to want to be accountable for cultivating true virtue. Hope only promises jobs. Christians focus on indoctrinating fundamentalism and excluding a fixed set of sins. Buddhism can’t prevent its own sex scandals. If you want a partial counter-example, the best I can think of is the military academies. They are at least self-conscious about training people in discipline, leadership and teamwork — and getting better at it over time. What would a school like look that was as single-mindedly focused on Training Culture Warriors? What would it have to subtract, not just add? You’d need more than relevant classes and high production values. Or even a rigid ideology. I have a theory, but first I want to see if we agree that’s the question worth asking. E And I'd add still other essentials that are regularly overlooked in the curricula. For example "Psychology of Personal Relationships," "The Objective Study of Religion," and "Human Growth -what to expect at age 35, 50, and 70." Also: "Looking Ahead: The Job Market in 2025, 2040, and 2055." -- -- Centroids: The Center of the Radical Centrist Community <RadicalCentrism@googlegroups.com> Google Group: http://groups.google.com/group/RadicalCentrism Radical Centrism website and blog: http://RadicalCentrism.org --- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Centroids: The Center of the Radical Centrist Community" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to radicalcentrism+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout.